Call the Shellfish Safety Hotline before harvesting
The Oregon Department of Agriculture's (ODA) shellfish biotoxin hotline is toll free and is updated immediately when shellfish toxins reach the alert level. The hotline is your best source for up-to-date clam and mussel closure information.
Recreational shellfish harvesting status:
The recreational harvest of mussels is OPEN from the Columbia River to the California border.
The recreational harvest of bay clams is OPEN along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border.
Recreational crab harvesting from the ocean, and in bays and estuaries, is OPEN from the Columbia River to the California Border. It is always recommended you eviscerate the crab and discard the "butter" (viscera or guts) prior to cooking. When whole crab are cooked in liquid, domoic acid may leach into the cooking liquid. It is recommended you discard the cooking liquid, and do not use it in other dishes, such as sauces, broths, soups, stews, stocks, roux, dressings, etc. The consumption of crab viscera is not recommended. Please refer to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website for recreational seasons.
Oregon Coast softshell clam advisory:
The Oregon Health Authority has issued an advisory for softshell clams along the entire Oregon Coast because they may contain high levels of naturally occurring arsenic.
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